New photos posted on social media by Whitney Houston‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, suggests she may be suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by a starvation diet and low self-esteem.
Bobbi Kristina’s attention-seeking behavior is indicative of youngsters who didn’t develop strong bonds with their parents or primary caregivers. Bobbi’s mom, Whitney, and her dad, singer Bobby Brown, had busy careers that kept them on the road for long periods of time.
People who suffer from Anorexia have an irrational fear that they are gaining too much weight. They obsess about staying thin due to an altered body image disturbance or the perception that they are too fat.
Anorexia Nervosa usually begins in adolescence and affects more girls than boys.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa includes:
Anorexia red flags to watch for
If you believe that a loved one may be suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, watch for these red flags:
Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa includes medications, psychotherapy and hospitalization.
Mothers and fathers should spend quality time with your adolescent daughters. In particular, fathers should spend more time with your young daughters. Get psychological help for your daughter if you notice she has issues with low self-esteem and abnormal eating habits.
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More Info On the Web
Anorexia Nervosa – MayoClinic
Anorexia Nervosa – WebMD
Anorexia Nervosa – MedlinePlus
A Medication to Treat Anorexia – Time.com
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